We had an excellent and well-attended meeting of the Whinfield PACT on Monday evening.
One initiative which is now steaming ahead is the Community Speed Watch (CSW). Supported by both Durham Constabulary and Darlington Borough Council, CSW allows residents to work with the Police on the speed menace in our local streets.
Residents taking part will wear high visibility jackets, and will be accompanied by a police officer at all times. The tyeams will be operating matrices - equipment designed to monitor vehicles' speeds. Offenders wil have their registration plates recorded, and it will be for the Police to write to them to warn them about their behaviour. Repeat offenders may be fined.
The streets which will be targetted initially are those flagged by PACT meetings as having a speeding problem - so in Haughton West that will include Hutton Avenue, Wylam Avenue, Thompson Street East and Whinbush Way. Of course, depending on the success of the scheme, other streets may be targetted if PACT meetings feel that is necessary.
It was agreed by the PACT meeting that we would begin the initiative here in Whinfield, Springfield and Haughton in early February. The Police are now looking for volunteers (although there were no shortage of interested residents on Monday evening).
If you would like to help out, simply contact our local beat manager Jeff Summerhill on firstname.lastname@example.org He can also be reached on 01325 60 60 365 x4122.